Books by Blue Balliett

HOLD FAST by Blue Balliett
Released: March 1, 2013

"Enthralling and satisfying. (Mystery. 9-13) "
Eleven-year-old Early Pearl holds fast to her family's dream of a home of their own even after her father disappears, their apartment is ransacked, and she and her brother and mother are forced to move to a shelter. Read full book review >
THE DANGER BOX by Blue Balliett
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Unlike the author's previous outings, here her enthusiasm for historical research seems to outweigh her interest in creating a well-founded story. (Mystery. 11-13)"
Balliett delivers a loosely constructed tale about a modern lad who discovers an exciting connection between himself and Charles Darwin. Read full book review >
THE CALDER GAME by Blue Balliett
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2008

"While a fourth adventure's intimated, problematic construction and too many tidy dei ex machinis (including their nasty teacher's turning terrific) mar this one. (author's notes) (Fiction. 9-12)"
Balliett's third mystery falls short of Chasing Vermeer's brilliance, and the triangular friendship among Calder, Petra and Tommy, skillfully developed in The Wright 3, receives bumpier treatment here (2004; 2006). Read full book review >
THE WRIGHT 3 by Blue Balliett
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2006

"Another tour de force blending art, math, philosophy, history and literature. (author's note) (Fiction. 8-12)"
The determined sleuths from Balliett's fine first novel, Chasing Vermeer (2004), return in another artful mystery, centered on one of Chicago's architectural treasures. Read full book review >
CHASING VERMEER by Blue Balliett
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2004

"Konigsburg's From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler or Ellen Raskin's The Westing Game will find equal pleasure in this debut by a talented writer. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Art, intrigue, and plenty of twists and turns make this art mystery a great read. Read full book review >